Well, that was wild. We can only hope the third round of the 2012 NCAA Tournament is at least half as exciting as the second day. Saturday kicks off the third round of March Madness, beginning with No. 1 Syracuse taking on No. 8 Kansas State. The Orange survived a scare from No. 16 UNC-Asheville, pulling away in the final minutes (some might say with a little help from the refs) and winning, 72-65.
The second game features one of the two remaining No. 2 seeds, Ohio State. Unlike the Duke Blue Devils and Missouri Tigers, the Buckeyes rolled over the No. 15 seed Loyola (MD) to advance and will square off against No. 7 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs never took their feet off the gas against the Mountaineers of West Virginia and went on to win, 77-54.
Will the third No. 2 seed fall? Without Fab Melo, is this the end of the line for the Orange?
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OHIO STATE BEATS GONZAGA 73-66
Harris makes both and now it's a 5-point game. 22.4 seconds left and now Buford is at the line.
Sullinger makes both. 30 seconds left.
Refs are checking the monitor to see who the ball belongs to and and how much time should be on the clock and shot clock. Gonzaga should get the ball here. Maybe two seconds will be added.
Sullinger makes a shot over Sacre and that's 16 for him. Timeout and the Buckeys are now up by five with under a minute to go.
Sullinger misses a free throw after a foul. Pangos' 3 goes in and out on the other end..
Thomas goes one of two from the line so it's still a one-possession game with 2:30 left.64-61 OSU.
Smith misses a 3 from the corner for Ohio State. Pangos misses on the other end and Harris is called for a foul. That's his fourth..2:45 to go.
Sullinger tries to get a shot off in the paint but Sacre and Stockton collapse and force a turnover. Then Stockton finds Harris in the corner for a 3-POINTER. 13-3 run by Gonzaga and a TIE GAME with UNDER 4 MINUTES TO GO.
Gary Bell Jr. isn't backing down, driving through the lane and successfully gets to the free throw line. Not sure why Stockton was taken out though. He brought a ton of energy. Bell makes the first free throw. 61-57 OSU
Gonzaga is getting to the loose balls. Stockton especially. After another Ohio State miss, Stockton finds Bell who gets the layup to go and cuts the lead to two. Six minutes left in the game.